Saturday 20 December 2014

Runner's daughter in Pole record

Published 10/04/2012 | 10:50

Jaimie Donovan, the daughter of endurance runner Richard Donovan, has become the youngest person at the North Pole

An Irish endurance runner who travelled the globe running seven marathons in five days has secured another record - his daughter has become the youngest person at the North Pole.

Richard Donovan flew eight-year-old Jaimie to brave temperatures of -26C and mark the 10th anniversary of a marathon he organises in the Arctic.

The youngster has broken a record - by one day - set by the daughter of British adventurer David Hempleman-Adams, Alicia, in 1998.

"It was cold and the helicopter was noisy," Jaimie said after arriving back on dry land. "I loved the North Pole and I want to go back."

Jaimie and her teddy bear were standing on the ice at 5.30am GMT on Easter Sunday.

Donovan, who earlier this year set a new record of seven marathons on seven continents in less than five days, said his daughter took the experience in her stride.

"I decided to bring Jaimie and my wife Caroline this year as it was the 10th year of the race and they were long overdue a trip to see what I've been working hard to achieve for the last decade," he said.

"It was a simple coincidence that she seems to be the youngest to stand up there. I was just proud of her very good behaviour and the fact she took the trip in her stride at her age, embracing the adventure."

According to Guinness World Records, Alicia Hempleman-Adams, born on November 8 1989, stood at the geographic North Pole aged eight years and 173 days on May 1, 1998. She had also flown to the Pole to meet her father. Based on the same calculations, Mr Donovan's daughter, born on October 17 2003, beat the record by one day.

The Donovan family will have to apply to Guinness World Records to have the feat verified.

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